The REHIS Annual Conference is the principal Environmental Health and Public Health event to take place in Scotland. It provides a time to reflect on current and future approaches to protecting and improving the health of the Scottish people and to renew friendships and make new ones. The Conference is being held in Edinburgh this year and I look
forward to welcoming you.
Robert Howe, President
A series of roadshows for REHIS Trainers presented over the last two weeks in Dundee,Aberdeen,Glasgow and Falkirk have been hailed a great success by all who were involved.
Tom Bell the REHIS Chief Executive expressed concern that the number of Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) employed by Scottish local authorities continues to decline. Tom was giving evidence to the Health and Sport Committee at the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday 16 January during a session convened to consider the Public Health etc (Scotland) Bill. Tom advised the committee that the number of EHO posts in Scotland had dropped from around 800 in 1990 to below 500 in 2006 (the last year for which REHIS has statistics).
Ken Macintosh MSP (pictured) yesterday stated that he had secured agreement from Scottish Government ministers to allow amendments to the Public Health etc (Scotland) Bill currently going through Parliament.
The Government is minded to allowing the Bill to being amended at Stage 2, which would bring in controls on unstaffed sunbed parlours and restrict use to over 18s only. Having to provide customer information would also be a requirement.
The President, members of Council and members of staff at REHIS wish everyone in the Scottish and international environmental health community a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
The International Federation of Environmental Health- 10th World Congress, hosted by the Australian Institute of Environmental Health, will be held in Brisbane between 11 and 16 May 2008. The Congress theme will be - Environmental Health, a Sustainable Future - 20 Years On. Full details are available on the IFEH website www.ifeh2008.org.
This Update is being issued to all Project Stakeholders to provide a summary of the activities which have been taken forward by the HPS Project Team. Since being launched on 12th January 2007 the Campaign has undertaken a number of activities aimed at reducing avoidable illness amongst patients,staff and the general public. The Update is attached.
Robert Howe has taken over the reins of the REHIS Presidency for the next year from outgoing President Bernard Forteath. The handover of the chain of office took place at the Institute's Annual General Meeting on 22 November in Edinburgh.
This successful event, which was attended by over seventy members and non members, was held in Edinburgh on the morning of Thursday 22 November.
Places are still available on this free to members training event which will be held in the Menzies Belford Hotel, Edinburgh on the morning of Thursday 22 November. An interesting programme covering the Anthrax Incident in the Scottish Borders, the Review of the Scottish Public Health Legislation, the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006 and Healthy Eating in Scotland has been put together. Non-members are very welcome to attend; the delegate fee for non-members is £40.00. Registration forms are available from the REHIS office.
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